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The Federal Circuit heard arguments Friday in a case that was brought by members of a band of Asian Americans called The Slants, who were denied a trademark registration on their name in light of Lanham Act Section 2a, which bars registrations that “disparage” a group of people. (Credit: Law360)

Fed. Circ. Puts USPTO In Hot Seat Over ‘Disparaging’ TM Rule

In a case that could impact the Washington Redskins' parallel dispute, an en banc Federal Circuit grilled U.S. Patent and Trademark Office attorneys Friday over the Lanham Act ban on offensive trademarks, reminding them that copyrights are not subject to the same restrictions.

  • Resource Extraction Rules Coming Next Summer, SEC Says

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission told a Massachusetts federal court Friday that it plans to finalize by next summer new rules requiring oil, gas and mining companies to disclose payments to foreign governments, but that the process won’t be easy and is fraught with uncertainty.

  • BB&T Appeals $500M Foreign Tax Credit Denial To High Court

    BB&T Corp. has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in on a dispute over nearly $500 million in foreign tax credits, taking aim at the Federal Circuit’s finding that a multibillion-dollar financing transaction involving Barclays Bank PLC lacked economic substance.

  • Exxon Mobil Loses $236M MTBE Cleanup Appeal In NH

    The New Hampshire Supreme Court upheld a $236 million trial judgment against Exxon Mobil in a groundwater contamination case Friday, capping 12 years of litigation in the state over a gasoline additive that is meant to reduce air pollution but may cause cancer.

  • Hulk Hogan Keeps Most Docs Sealed In $100M Sex Tape Suit

    Sealed records in Hulk Hogan’s $100 million lawsuit against Gawker Media over the publication and coverage of his sex tape will stay mostly under wraps despite the efforts of several media companies to uncover them, a Florida state judge said Thursday.

  • Former NFL Player Gets Prison In Mortgage Fraud Scheme

    A New Jersey state judge on Friday imposed a five-year prison sentence on former NFL player Irving Fryar and gave his mother three years of probation over defense attorneys' objections that a jury's guilty verdict in the duo's mortgage fraud trial went against the weight of evidence.

  • Legal Industry Added 4,700 Jobs In Sept., Report Says

    The legal services sector rebounded from a tough summer to gain a sizable 4,700 jobs in September, according to a report on Friday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, a figure that one expert says reflects an increase in deal work.

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